A 20-year-old Rhode Island man allegedly drove 50 miles over the speed limit and crashed into a utility pole Sunday morning, killing the passenger in his car, a Massachusetts man, according to Biddeford police.
Police identified the passenger as Anthony Ciccone, 20, of Pepperell, and the driver as Christopher M. Bennett, 20, of Johnston, R.I.
At 12:39 a.m., police received a call from security personnel at University of New England reporting two men who “were reportedly intoxicated and trying to forcibly enter a residence hall dorm room,” Biddeford police said in a statement. UNE security personnel attempted to stop the two men from driving but were unsuccessful, according to the statement.
Bennett and Ciccone were not students at UNE, but police said they were reportedly visiting friends.
“We have no indication they were drinking at UNE,” Thomas White, spokesman for the University of New England said in an email.
Biddeford Police officers spotted a dark-colored Ford Explorer,which matched the description that UNE officials had provided, driving at a high speed westbound on Pool Street,.
According to police, the car was traveling 80 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone. An officer tried to stop the car, “but lost sight of the vehicle almost immediately,” the statement said.
Around 12:45 a.m., the Explorer crashed into a utility pole in the area of Pool Street and the West Brook Skating Rink.
Police said Ciccone was wearing a seat belt but they did not know whether Bennett had been wearing one.
Bennett was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the Maine Medical Center in Portland then taken to the York County Jail. He has been charged with manslaughter and operating under the influence, according to police.
South Kingstown police have arrested a 46-year-old Richmond man for drunk driving after he caused a head on accident that took the life of a 53-year-old grandmother and sent her one-year-old granddaughter to the hospital.
“You have an innocent person, minding their own business, with family, and unfortunately you have someone with total disregard for the lives and safety of others,” said Capt. Jeffery Allen of the South Kingstown Police.
Investigators say James Mulcahey was drunk when he crossed the yellow line of South County Trail late Thursday night striking the car of Donna R. Eddy of Warwick. She was prounounced dead at the scene. A baby girl was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Police call the accident “horrific” and say it happened near the victim’s family who rushed to the scene of accident.
The suspect, Mulcahey, was treated for minor injuries at South County Hospital. He’ll be brought before a judge in Wakefield on charges of DUI, death resulting, refusal to take a breathalyzer test, and potentially several other charges.
A website for the state court system indicates Mulcahey was arrested on DUI charges in 1994.
A Warwick man who was arrested twice in one week is accused driving under the influence.
44 year-old Brian Fracassa was arrested early Sunday morning by Rhode Island State Police after crashing his car on Route 10 in Cranston.
Fracassa was given a breath test at the scene and blew a .222, almost three times the legal limit.
He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and was held overnight for observation.
Upon release Fracassa was arraigned on charges and released on $1,000 bail.
Francassa’s first arrest happened on Sunday August 12, after North Kingstown police stopped him on Post Road for several roadway violations.
He was charged with DUI, refusal to submit a chemical test, and possession of a controlled substance.
The boyfriend of a Rhode Island woman killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon has been charged with drunken driving and motor vehicle homicide.
Robert P. Grenier, 47, of 14 Kirby Lane, North Smithfield, R.I., was taken into custody about 3 p.m. yesterday outside his lawyer’s North Attleboro office, Police Lieutenant Nick. L. Miglionico said.
Mr. Grenier has been cited on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent driving, motor vehicle homicide by drunk driving and negligence, misleading and impeding a police investigation, negligent driving, drunk driving — second offense, driving with a license suspended for drunk driving and driving with suspended registration, police said.
Mr. Grenier is being held on $100,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear today in Uxbridge District Court for a clerk-magistrate’s hearing. He will be arraigned on the charges tomorrow in Uxbridge District Court, Lieutenant Miglionico said.
Police went to the area of 68 Webster St. (Route 16) about 5:10 p.m. Saturday and found a 2010 Chrysler on its roof. As police arrived, other motorists were helping Mr. Grenier from the car, police said. His passenger, Patricia Gurka, 47, also of 14 Kirby Lane, had been ejected from the car and was fatally injured. Police identified her as Mr. Grenier’s girlfriend.
Police arrested a drunk driver after he allegedly drove his Dodge into a man who tried to corral the vehicle off Veterans Memorial Parkway until officers arrived on scene.
According to police reports, at about 7:27 p.m. on April 28, a man started following Richard Macedo after witnessing him almost run another car off the road with his erratic driving. The witness watched Macedo pull his older model Dodge into Metacomet Country Club. He stood in front of the way to get a license plate number and call the police.
The reportedly intoxicated 41-year-old then allegedly drove his vehicle into the man’s leg, breaking a front light and sending the him onto the hood of the car. The man allegedly tried to grab the windshield wiper for support but fell …
An East Providence woman who was driving drunk and struck a teenage girl who suffered serious injuries has been sentenced to a year in prison followed by four years of home confinement.
A Providence Superior Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Susan Benedetti on Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to DUI in February.
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A drunken driving charge against Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio (ruh-JEER’-ee-oh) has been dropped.
The charge was dismissed Wednesday, a day after Ruggerio acknowledged refusing an alcohol test and had his license suspended for six months.
Under the agreement, the 63-year-old Ruggerio agreed to perform 10 hours of community service. His attorney says he has paid $935 in fines and court costs.
The North Providence Democrat was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol test after he was pulled over in Barrington last week.
Ruggerio has said he accepts “full responsibility” for his actions.